3 quarterback options for the Denver Broncos in 2022 offseason

National quarterback Kenny Pickett of Pittsburgh (8).Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports
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Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold (14). Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Broncos could trade for a QB

While it might not be the prettiest of options, Sam Darnold looks to be on his way out of Carolina. He has one year left on his deal after his option, and they seem ready to move on. They should be able to pay a fraction of what the Panthers did to get him. He still has his struggles, but putting him in that offense would be the best offense he has had around him.

There is still a lot of talent left in him and he is still quite young. The Broncos could have a good shot at turning around Darnold with a new head coach and an excellent set of skill position players, which would take a lot off his plate if he is not asked to do everything.

The other two QB who could land themselves on the trading block this off-season are Matt Ryan and Jimmy Garroppolo.

There had already been some rumors of Jimmy heading to Denver last year and I would not be surprised if they knock on that door again. He did do well with 49ers this year and lead them to a title game, but as far as what Jimmy G can do for a franchise overall is still up for question. He does still stand to at least be a good stop-gap on a ready-to-go offense for the next couple of seasons.

Matt Ryan would be the third trade option. This is the least likely of the three, but might be the easiest one to pull off. Atlanta seems ready to move on, Ryan is the oldest and his contract is an issue. Matt Ryan the once top-end style QB, maybe had now for a mid-round pick.

The Broncos also have the cap flexibility to make it happen. This also gives them an intriguing option of trading for Ryan, then going after a project QB in the middle rounds maybe like a Zappe, or draft Carson Strong a little early and let them sit behind Matt Ryan for a year or two.

All three of these seem viable, but all three come with their own questions. We still don’t know if Sam Darnold is a legit starter. Matt Ryan is older with a contract. Then when you look at Jimmy G it seems pretty apparent he can get you to the title games, he just can’t do enough to win them.